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For Christmas, 1954, my oldest brother, then serving in the Navy gave me a Hallicrafters S38C. This radio opened a whole new world of SWL and eventually the sound of Amateur Radio operators. I was thrilled by the sound of Radio Australia that I could listen to before school. After purchasing my first QST in Dec 1954, which I still have, I was hooked. With money from a paper route, I purchased and built a Knight Kit T-50 (which I still have) and with the help of a local Elmer got it working. In Feb 1956, I received the call sign, KN8AIM in Struthers, Ohio. After college and stint as a pilot in the Air Force we settled in Seattle, WA where I became W7GTF in 1970. With a Drake TR4C, T4XC, and L4B linear (all of which I still have) I enjoyed lots of HF ham radio in the 70's, 80's, and 90's. Activity dulled in the late 90's and into the 00's. With the purchase of an IC-546PRO in 2008, my interested was reignited in this "digital" age. After having sold our family home of 40 years in the fall of 2010 and renting a home on Bainbridge Island, WA where there were no outdoor antennas permitted,we decided to move permanently to our home in Winthrop, WA.

Summer 2012 got up a used TX455 crank up tower and a G5RV (102 ft) and have a SteppIR 3 el (30/40M option) built but not in the air yet. The Steppir was erected on the tower on Nov 7, 2012, thanks to the enormous help of Bob Lee, N7AU and Woody Jacobson, N7HCJ, and to Brian Nielsen, W7BJN for the original idea.

After 56 years of being a ham, I'm happy to have passed my Amateur Extra License test on Dec 15, 2012.


Please vist: www.winthropwashington.com

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W7GTF
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dedateband mode grid Country op
N1KW 2015-08-16 20M CW EN61ao United States BOB
W8F 2015-08-16 20M CW JJ00aa United States STAN
N7AU 2015-08-16 80M LSB DN07fh United States BOB
WX1S 2015-08-16 20M SSB FN43kh United States FRED
N8HKU 2015-08-16 20M SSB EN82ee United States DAVE
E51DWC 2015-08-14 17M CW BG08CS73 South Cook Islands MILAN Voborník
PD1DX 2015-08-14 20M CW JO21aj Netherlands Erik Vervaet
4Z5AD 2015-08-14 20M CW KM71jg Israel VICTOR
VA2DW 2015-08-14 20M CW FN35em Canada TOLY
G3SHF 2015-08-14 20M CW IO83wi England BEN
RM2D 2015-08-14 20M CW KO85fj Russia MATS
E72AW 2015-08-09 30m CW JN83sx Bosnia and Herzegovi Sadmir Avdic
W8/E72AW 2015-08-09 30M CW United States SADMIR
CR2X 2015-08-07 20M CW HM77ft Azores The Azores-Finland Friendship Consortium

Book Totals: 6176 qso's   410 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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